Ancient Tiberias and the western shore of the Sea of Galilee Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Drive   |   Itinerary duration: About- 6 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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A tour among the main attractions along the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, including, among others, Yardenit- a baptismal site for pilgrims, the antiquities of the Old City of Tiberias and the springs of Hamat Tiberias, the healing qualities of which have been famous for two thousand years.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  City trip   ●   Non-circular tour
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Gabriel House is an elegant cultural center on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Located in front of a magnificent view of the Golan and the Sea of Galilee, this charming place offers its visitors a balcony from which one can look over the blue Sea of Galilee, a restaurant, galleries for passing exhibitions, various displays, an open amphitheater for summer performances and an auditorium for lectures and conferences. Gabriel House is surrounded by green gardens, lawns and trees and has a walking trail which goes down from the building through the well-kept garden and down to the shore of the Sea of Galilee. 

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Yardenit (the diminutive form of the name of the Jordan River in Hebrew) is located where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee, to the south of the city of Tiberias, and it serves as a baptismal site for pilgrims who arrive here from all around the world. According to the Christian Faith, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River in the area of Jericho. When access to that location has become impossible, the traditional baptismal site was moved to Yardenit. The Jordan River is quiet and beautiful here and the eucalyptus trees give shade to its banks. One can sit here at the café which is located on the bank of the river and enjoy the views. When a group of pilgrims arrives here, it is a special spiritual experience as well.
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Hamat Tiberias (Hamat Tveria) National Park has a concentration of seventeen health springs that flow at a temperature of 60 C and include about a hundred natural minerals which possess medicinal properties that are unique and exclusive to this place. The properties of this site were already known two thousand years ago. Today, this site is a national park which besides the health baths also includes an elaborate synagogue which was revealed at the beginning of the 1920s, with a seven-branched marble Menorah which is today on display at the Israel Museum. The highlight in this synagogue is a mosaic floor, the most ancient of the mosaic floors in Israel. Also, at the entrance to the park is the Hamam Suleiman Museum, which is dedicated to the display of a Turkish bath which was active here and other archeological finds which were found in the area.

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At the Berko Archaeological Park in Tiberias are the ancient remnants of the city of Tiberias, from the time of the city’s establishment by Herod Antipas in the 1st century CE and until the time of the Fatimid dynasty in the 11th century CE. This impressive park presents the glorious past of the city of Tiberias and offers the public a green corner which includes a set of paths, unique gardens and archeological finds, such as the ancient Roman gate and a thousand years old drainage system. This place also serves for music and theater public events. Recently, excavations have begun on the 7,000 seats ancient Roman Theater which is located on the slopes of Mount Berniki and has a view over the whole Judeo-Roman city complex, the Sea of Galilee and Mount Hermon. Later on further work will be done on the Seat of the Sanhedrin, bath house, Beit Midrash (Jewish study hall), Mount Berniki, the ancient port and more. 


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The Water Level Measure, which is located in the southern part of the Igal Alon promenade on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, is a unique and impressive visual display which is 5 meters high and 3.5 meters wide. The display serves as an environmental sculpture that provides a visual expression of the Sea of Galilee’s water level and as a water fountain. It measures the water level with the help of an advanced digital technological system and replaces the once upon a time manual method of measurement.


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Sea of Galilee Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 5 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
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